Runaway Dreidel!


Runaway Dreidel

Leslea Newman

Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

Henry Holt and Company, 2002

From the dust jacket: “On the first night of Chanukah a lucky boy receives a shiny new dreidel, but once it starts spinning, it just won’t stop! With a mind of its own, the dreidel spins quickly across the floor, out the door, and down the street, with its excited owner and family in hot pursuit. Soon the whole city joins the chase to catch the runaway toy. Where is that dreidel heading, and will it ever stop spinning? This is one journey surely worth pursuing right up to its magical conclusion!”

This is a fun book! The story moves along quickly and the cadence of the rhyme will remind some readers of The Night Before Christmas. I love the illustrations – they are a mix of paper collage and oil painting. After reading it through the first time, I went back and studied each page to see what was oil paint and what was paper. Maybe you can do the same with the pictures below! Even though the text is medium sized and good for early readers, optimally, it should be read aloud! I read it aloud and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Rating 5 paws


Reviewer: Simon

One thought on “Runaway Dreidel!

  1. pilch92 January 1, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Excellent review Simon. It sounds like a fun book. I couldn’t tell which was painted and what was tissue paper though. Joanie sends you a New Year’s kiss. XO


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